Sunday, 6 September 2009

Rainforest Cafe raining on my parade........

Wednesday was my daughters 9th birthday and such a milestone can only possibly be marked, apparently, with a trip to London town (long gone it seems are the days of pinning the tail on a donkey to the sounds of Black Lace!!).

So off we set and had a very enjoyable day visiting the V&A1, Science Museum, Ripley's Believe it or not2 rounded off by tea at The Rainforest Cafe.

By this time my feet were hurting, tempers were getting a little frayed and I was more than ready for a well deserved pint so when the 'Safari Guide' came tripping over to take our order without even perusing the menu I asked him what draught lager they did, and would you believe it......none. Now this in itself was not a shocker but his response was.......

'Sorry, we're a family restaurant so we don't serve pints of lager, we don't want to encourage that sort of drinking'

Are you serious??? Just so we're clear, the Rainforest Cafe is not a teetotal establishment, you can choose from one of about 12 different wines all at an ABV of at least 12%, or you can pick from a range of spirit based cocktails ABV minimum 30% but a 5% way, that would encourage drunken behaviour for sure!!

Now I get that they want to provide a nice family environment (and they do that well, the daughter said it was the 'coolest restaurant ever') but I tire of the view that beer = binge drinking and anti social behaviour when, if you're talking responsibility a pint of beer is a better choice than a large glass of wine!!

So hat's off to the Rainforest Cafe for giving the daughter a great birthday treat (they put candles in her pudding and sang Happy Birthday and everything) but it's time they, and a lot of others, changed their out dated view of draught beer and put it on the menu.

1. Think that the V&A is a stuffy old mausoleum full of obscure sculptures and old carpets and therefore no place for kids?? Well you’re right, but pop along to their reception desk and ask to use one of their interactive backpacks which are brilliant fun.

2. Believe it or not we shelled out nearly £50 to look at some fat and/or hairy, poorly made waxworks!! The mirror maze is fun but apart from that steer clear is my advice.

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